All You Need Is Love (3:46)

Cover of Magical Mystery Tour

From Magical Mystery Tour and 46 other releases

“All You Need Is Love” is a song written by John Lennon and credited to Lennon/McCartney. It was first performed by The Beatles on Our World, the first live global television link. Watched by 400 million in 26 countries, the programme was broadcast via satellite on June 25, 1967. The BBC had commissioned the Beatles to write a song for the UK’s contribution. Rolling Stone magazine ranked it at #362 in their 500 greatest songs of all time.

Asked to come up with a song containing a simple message to be understood by all nationalities, Lennon’s “All You Need Is Love” extended the message he first tried in “The Word”, from The Beatles’ 1965 album Rubber Soul. “It was an inspired song and they really wanted to give the world a message,” said Brian Epstein. “The nice thing about it is that it cannot be misinterpreted. It is a clear message saying that love is everything.” According to journalist Jade Wright, “Lennon was fascinated by the power of slogans to unite people and never afraid to create art out of propaganda. When asked in 1971 whether songs like Give Peace a Chance and Power to the People were propaganda songs, he answered: ‘Sure. So was All You Need Is Love. I’m a revolutionary artist. My art is dedicated to change.’”

According to the All You Need Is Love Songfacts, musically, this song is very unusual. The chorus is only one note, and the song is in a rare 7/4 tempo.

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  • bsrvolkatina

    She loves you, yeah, yeah, yeah [2]

    Yesterday 6:45pm Reply
  • chloroform-x

    All you need is love! <3

    1 Mar 4:37am Reply
  • leonsotelo

    Tema bastante aburrido.Parece que no termina nuncas. Pese a la marca Beatles

    17 Feb 11:58am Reply
  • marjo47

    Classic.

    2 Feb 4:54pm Reply
  • rosmaritbrum

    Lovely...♥

    23 Jan 1:45am Reply
  • monikam20

    13 Jan 12:17pm Reply
  • enxe3

    Perfect

    4 Jan 12:53pm Reply
  • GhostHaunted

    She loves you, yeah, yeah, yeah

    4 Jan 12:07pm Reply
  • MrShayton

    Nice Song

    28 Oct 2014 Reply
  • Druid66

    Yes, it takes on a whole new meaning as Patrick McGoohan sets the Village on its ear (with a machine gun) in the final episode, "Fall Out"... the Beatles were said to be fans of that show.

    25 Oct 2014 Reply
  • Nakkinak

    lol'd so hard when they played it in the prisoner

    19 Oct 2014 Reply
  • JoJoroJo

    beautiful <3

    14 Aug 2014 Reply
  • theironictea

    El_Salvador7 has it right: [2] Musically, this is one of the Beatles' finest efforts. No other pop band before or after could so effortlessly adapt a 7/4 measure in a love song (or a song about love). It's hard to make a strange measure like that sound logical in a pop song, yet The Beatles did it. Besides that the trademark extremely simple, yet extremely powerful, catchy, imaginative and descriptive lyrics by Lennon make up for the rest.

    13 Jul 2014 Reply
  • RINGULEC

    Wszystko czego potrzebujesz to miłość <3.

    3 Jun 2014 Reply
  • frearson10

    I thing I will give credit to the 'beta' version of last.fm is when I hear a Beatles song, I am actually hearing a Beatles song, and not that snarky cover stuff!

    15 May 2014 Reply
  • MegaDave89

    True

    8 May 2014 Reply
  • TuneBlendR

    GR8 song, but this is NOT The Beatles performing it.

    9 Apr 2014 Reply
  • pikininah

    Timeless! <3

    8 Apr 2014 Reply
  • delboy5

    If only it was true

    5 Apr 2014 Reply
  • davidbowiegirl

    Great song

    28 Mar 2014 Reply
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